Alison Shapiro to present at annual “Mini Medicial School” at Pacific Medical Center

The California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco will be holding its annual “Mini Medical School” on Wednesdays in April, and the Chair of Saybrook’s Board of Trustees, Alison Shapiro, will be one of the featured speakers.

The free lecture series will explore the brain — from neuroplasticity and emotions to brain injury and aging. Nationally renowned experts will share how to keep the brain active and vital, and reveal the brain’s remarkable capacity to regenerate and adapt.

Alison Shapiro will present a lecture based on her recent book Healing Into Possibility – also the title of her blog on Psychology – which shares the lessons she learned recovering from a traumatic and debilitating series of strokes.  Now fully recovered, and engaged in helping others find their way forward after medical trauma, Shapiro focuses not just on the mechanistic “how’s” and “why’s” of why the brain does what it does, but how the mind can lead the recovery process.  The existential choices to be made in recovery are no different from the choices we make in ordinary life – but are far more urgent. 

Shapiro will present “Healing Into Possibility:  Transformational Lessons of a Stroke” on Wednesday, April 21, at the Jewish Community Center’s Kanbar Hall, 3200 California Street, San Francisco.  The lecture is free, but pre-registration is required.  Visit for registration information.

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